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Department Administrator - Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs

Cornell University
Ithaca, New York
$79,901.00 - $97,657.00
Closing date
Jun 24, 2023

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Administration, Finance, Operations
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About Cornell University and the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs

Cornell University, unique among peers, is the federal land-grant institution of New York State, a private endowed university, and a member of the Ivy League. The Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs (OVPIA) is composed of internationally engaged units that work together under the framework of “Global Cornell” to foster high-impact international research and collaborations, teach and mentor the next generation of global citizens, and support international experiences and cultural exchange for all Cornellians. Our units include the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Office of Global Learning (Education Abroad and International Services), and Office of the Vice Provost, which includes Global Operations and Communications teams.

We are seeking a Department Administrator, who will report to the Associate Vice Provost for International Affairs (AVP) and join the leadership team.

The Opportunity

The Department Administrator serves as a strategic, tactical, and results-driven leader under the very general supervision of the AVP and working closely with the HR Manager; Manager of Finance, Budget, and Research Compliance; and the functional and program leads in all OVPIA units. The Department Administrator manages a portfolio of administrative and project management responsibilities tied to OVPIA-wide operations, projects, contracts, IT and systems management, equipment, facilities, and environmental health and safety. The Department Administrator will manage the academic appointment portfolio and work closely with the HR Manager on recruitment, hiring, and training. The person in this role  will work closely with the Finance Manager on budget, procurement, grants and contracts, compliance, and audit. The Department Administrator must coordinate relationships and activities across all these areas and understand and manage the cross-functional impact of program and resource decisions.

In addition to the broad OVPIA portfolio, the Department Administrator will lead and supervise all administrative and business operations of the Einaudi Center and its core programs. The Department Administrator will establish and implement departmental operational policies and procedures and organizational systems that improve team functionality, as well as oversee IT, data systems, databases and data security, risk management, and maintenance and use of facilities. The Department Administrator will provide supervision, direction, and mentorship to staff within the Center, including those in areas of management, facilities, administrative support, and information technology.

What We Need

We are looking for a team member with strong supervisory, managerial, organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills and experience. We also seek these qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree with at least 5 years of relevant experience (educational administration) or equivalent combination.
  • Experience in strategic planning, resource management, and complex project management.
  • Experience in facilities planning and management.
  • Experience in finance, including appropriated funds, grants, contracts, and endowments.
  • Experience with technology (IT); databases; and administrative, HR, and financial systems. 
  • In-depth understanding and appreciation of academic department business activities.
  • Experience in and/or demonstrated commitment to supporting diversity, equity, access, inclusion, and well-being.
  • Demonstrated skill in understanding cultural differences. 

If you possess these experiences, this may be the role for you! Here are a few other qualifications that we view as incredibly helpful in this role:

  • Master's degree in higher education administration or related field.
  • Demonstrated interest in international cultures and affairs.
  • Management experience with not-for-profit or academic institutions.
  • Highly desirable: Experience with grant and contract management, specialized budget structures, planning, human resource systems, third-party software, and databases.

A cover letter and resume are required for consideration for this position.

Rewards and Benefits

  • This position is located in Ithaca, New York, with the job being performed on campus. The New York convenience of employer guidelines require New York State individual tax reporting and withholdings for this position. Additional individual state income tax filings may also be required if working temporarily outside New York State.
  • Cornell receives national recognition as an award-winning workplace for our health, well-being, sustainability, and diversity initiatives.
  • Our benefits programs include comprehensive health care options, generous retirement contributions, access to wellness programs, and employee discounts with local and national retail brands. We invite you to follow this link to get more information about our benefits:
  • Follow this link to learn more about the Total Rewards of Working at Cornell:
  • Our leave provisions include three weeks of vacation and 13 holidays: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and the day after, and an end of the year winter break from December 25-January 1.
  • Cornell's impressive educational benefits include tuition-free Extramural Study and Employee Degree Program, tuition aid for external education, and Cornell Children's Tuition Assistance Program.

There is no visa sponsorship available for this position.

To apply for this position, please visit the Cornell website Department Administrator- Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs.


Cornell University, unique among peers, is the federal land-grant institution of New York State, a private endowed university, and a member of the Ivy League. The Office of Global Learning (OGL) is part of the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs (OVPIA). As such, we share the mission of developing and supporting global learning activities across the Cornell University community—in Ithaca, New York City, and the world. As a comprehensive international education unit, our office helps Cornellians from around the world grow as global learners. Our team coordinates education abroad experiences for Cornell students, advises international students and scholars on federal immigration and labor regulations, supports the engagement and success of international students and scholars into the Cornell community, and promotes cross-cultural competency on campus and beyond.

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